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Lisa Hunt’s Story

March 30, 2021

The following are responses from Lisa Hunt, a 2015 graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Where do you work and what’s your current position?

I am currently the Events & Volunteer Planner for the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU). I also work part-time as a Lead Wedding Coordinator with Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events.

What are three career steps you’ve taken since graduating from Red River College?

Since graduating, I have:

  1. Attended volunteer management workshops to bridge the gap between event planning and running fundraising and volunteer programs
  2. Worked at national and local charities and not-for-profits managing volunteers and coordinating signature events
  3. Joined an event planning business to assist with, and ultimately coordinate, weddings

What’s a highlight of your professional life after graduation?

One of the biggest highlights of my professional career was the first wedding I had the opportunity to be the Lead Coordinator on. It gave me a huge confidence boost that I have carried throughout my career in the varied events I have coordinated since. Helping a couple to see the wedding they dreamed of come to life is one of the best feelings, and so special to be able to share with them.

How did your time at Red River College help you achieve your goals?

The program at Red River College helped to prepare me for these opportunities by providing me with the hands-on experience of co-op work placements tailored specifically to my chosen path. The support of the instructors was invaluable. They shared knowledge and advice that helped give me a positive edge on getting into the workforce.